Monday, January 14, 2013

Three Things, Part 2

1. There are times when I am really happy with my tone on the violin—when my bow is pulling just right against the string and the sound is warm and clear and silky, when the friction between the two is wonderfully present but still smooth, when everything just works. I love those times—being so absorbed in the feeling, as well as in the sound coming back to me. Enjoying the effort, but also the ease. It is in the combination, I think, of friction and ease—in the perfect balance of the two—that the magic lies.

2. There is a firmness of touch, too, that matches words and eyes perfectly when a friend grabs your hand: I love you. I’m here. I will pray. Strong and urgent and full, but not overbearing, not painful, not hard. Any harder or any softer and you would either be frightened or not trust. But there, in the middle, is truth.

3. This—tension and beauty, strength and vulnerability. (The movement I’m thinking of, the “Serenata,” starts at 2:15.)

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    1. It's good when you get to experience that, isn't it?

  2. Such a good and real juxtaposition. Sometimes when I'm troubled by something that seems inconsistent or impossible about God or myself I think of all the things in life that are only made beautiful through the tension of two seemingly incompatible ideas. Then I am convinced again that God created us in a physical world just so we could have a tangible example of some of those hard to understand truths.

    From the very tiny amount I've played violin I can relate to #1.

    1. Like living metaphors, huh? I tend to think that way, mayself. It is helpful and comforting. Thank you Janice!


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